NASCAR Changes Qualifying Format
posted by Summer Bedgood
Tuesday March 11, 2014
Following safety concerns regarding NASCAR’s new qualifying format, the sanctioning body is introducing some changes in preparation for this weekend’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway. According to the Associated Press, NASCAR is banning teams from cool-down laps after their qualifying attempts, but will instead be allowed to hook up cool-down units to the engine through hood flaps.
Late Tuesday afternoon, a release from NASCAR fully detailed the changes. Teams will be allowed a single cool down unit to be connected through the right or left side hood flap, however the hood must remain closed. Additionally, two crew members will be allowed over the wall while cooling down.
“The qualifying is new to all of us and as we have said over the past several weeks, we are looking at it from all aspects,” said Robin Pemberton, vice president of competition and racing development. “Following discussions, both internally and with others in the garage area, we moved quickly to make a few revisions that will be effective starting with our two national series events at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. We believe this will only enhance and improve what has demonstrated to be an exciting form of qualifying for our fans, competitors and others involved with the sport. Moving forward we will continue to look at it and address anything else that we may need to as the season unfolds.”
The move comes after three weeks of NASCAR’s new knockout qualifying system, where multiple cars are allowed to make qualifying attempts at the same time instead of the traditional one-car-at-a-time procedure. Drivers and teams had complained that the new rules didn’t allow them to cool their engines down on pit road, and the cool-down laps caused a dangerous situation with slower cars staying on the track at the same time that other cars were running by them at much higher speeds.
The rule will begin this weekend in Bristol, a track that has a much narrower racing surface than Daytona, Phoenix, and Las Vegas.
Kurt Busch to Attempt The Indianapolis-Charlotte Double
posted by Phil Allaway
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Andretti Autosport announced this morning that Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series, will attempt the Indianapolis 500 in a fifth entry for the IndyCar Series team. Once the Indianapolis 500 is completed, Busch will fly from Indianapolis to Charlotte, jump in his No. 41 Chevrolet and compete in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Busch considers the opportunity to do the double as an old-school throwback moment.
“This is really to challenge myself within motorsports,” Busch said in Andretti Autosport’s press release. “Perhaps I am a bit of an old-school racer; a throwback, I guess. I enjoyed the era of drivers racing different cars and testing themselves in other series. It is tough to do now for a variety of factors, but when the opportunity is there, I want to do it. While NASCAR is my home, I have been fortunate to compete in Pro Stock on the NHRA circuit a number of years ago and test a V8 Supercar. This opportunity was a talk with Michael [Andretti] over dinner one night, a “What if,” and now it’s becoming a reality for me to drive in the Indy 500 with Andretti Autosport. It’s literally a dream come true. To go to the famous Brickyard with the iconic Andretti name, it doesn’t get much cooler or better than that.”
Busch will be doing the Indianapolis-Charlotte double as a Memorial Day mission to men and women serving in the U.S. Military via the Armed Forces Foundation. Fans can contribute to the cause by texting AFF to 50555 to donate $10.
Busch, who has never raced an IndyCar, passed Rookie Orientation at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last year during a test session. At the time, Busch was more or less testing the Dallara DW12 for fun.
Busch will be the fourth driver to attempt the Indianapolis-Charlotte double. John Andretti was the first driver to attempt it in 1994. After finishing four laps down in tenth in Indianapolis, Andretti crashed and had engine problems in the 600. Robby Gordon has attempted the double five times, most recently in 2004. However, Gordon failed to make it to Charlotte on time and did not start the 600 in 2000 (P.J. Jones started Gordon’s No. 13 Ford in that instance). Finally, Tony Stewart has attempted the double twice (most recently in 2001) and is the only driver to ever complete all 1100 miles. Neither of the three drivers has won either leg of the double. The best finishes are Stewart and Gordon’s sixth-place finishes at the Indianapolis 500 (although Gordon’s came in 2000, the year he didn’t make it to Charlotte in time to start the Coca-Cola 600), and Stewart’s fourth-place finish in the 2001 Coca-Cola 600.
Danica Patrick, Justin Allgaier Talk About Phoenix Incident
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
A disappointing start to the year for Danica Patrick won’t include continued conflict. Patrick met with rookie Justin Allgaier Sunday, shortly after the Phoenix Cup race after a wreck ruined both drivers’ days. Patrick, who was critical of the No. 51 car on the radio, claiming Allgaier was “driving all over the track” appeared receptive to a conversation that quickly settled differences over what will be a long season.
“She was just upset because she got involved in the crash that we had,’’ said Allgaier to the Motor Racing Network. “She says she’s been through this and that she felt like I needed to settle down at that point. I explained my position on why everything happened. I think she understood where I was coming from. It doesn’t fix either one of our racecars. It doesn’t fix either one of our days. Unfortunately, we were both having pretty decent days.’’
Allgaier wound up 30th due to the incident while Patrick was 36th. The incident, which was caused by Allgaier’s spin also involved the No. 32 team and Travis Kvapil, which wound up 38th after sustaining heavy damage.
Camping World Close to Extending Title Sponsorship of NCWTS
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World, Grand Marshal of Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway, and star of CNBC’s “The Profit,” made the announcement over the weekend that the retailer is very close to announcing a deal that would continue its title sponsorship of NASCAR’s Truck Series. The original agreement with NASCAR is scheduled to conclude after the 2015 season.
According to the sanctioning body, no formal contract has been signed, but “the agreement between the two parties has proven to be a beneficial one.”
“In about a month, we’ll be announcing a significant extension to that contract. It’s been great for us,” said Camping World’s Lemonis in a statement. “The NASCAR relationship has worked well for Camping World. When we started, we had 35 stores. Now, we’re up to 120 stores. As we travel the country and we meet new customers in stores, they always are very appreciative of our relationship with NASCAR. It’s been good.”
Gaining a long-term commitment from Camping World to sponsor the Truck Series would be a relief for NASCAR, which is set to lose Nationwide Insurance as title sponsor for the NASCAR Nationwide Series at the end of the 2014 season. The sponsorship of the Cup Series by Sprint runs through 2016.
The NCWTS is back in action on March 29th at 2:30 PM (ET) when the trucks visit Martinsville Speedway in the Kroger 250, which can be seen on Fox Sports 1. Ratings for the season opener were up 11 percent.
Harvick Takes Win At Phoenix In Second Race With New Team
posted by Justin Tucker
Monday March 3, 2014
Phoenix International Raceway has become Kevin Harvick’s home away from home. Sunday Afternoon was no exception as Harvick charged to the front early and would dominate for much of the day, leading 224 of the scheduled 312 laps to record his record fifth win on the one mile oval and his third win in the last four races at Phoenix.
Harvick, coming off of a disappointing Speedweeks which was capped by a last lap crash in the Daytona 500 in his debut with Stewart-Haas Racing, set the tone on Saturday by winning both practices while having the best 5 and 10-lap averages in the first practice of the day on Saturday. On Sunday, Harvick and his No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet was nothing short of flawless as he was able to hold Dale Earnhardt, Jr. by .489 seconds after a late race restart to claim his 24th career Sprint Cup Series victory.
“Man, this is awesome,” Harvick said after his dominant victory on Sunday. “Man, this just solidifies so many things and so many decisions. It’s been so much work with all the time and effort that these guys (the crew) have put in—but what a race car.”
Stewart Haas Racing co-owner Gene Haas shared in Harvick’s excitement after the race.
“It took long enough,” Haas joked. “This is phenomenal. I think there was a lot of skepticism last year about what myself and Tony (Stewart) what we were up to, was there a lot of madness to this. Quite frankly, it’s a great team, there’s a lot of synergy at the shop, people working together. I don’t know what we did, but I think we put together a great organization.”
Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. continued his hot start to the 2014 season. Earnhardt Jr. would finish second on Sunday, marking his seventh consecutive top 10 finish since the end of the 2013 season. Earnhardt Jr. was pleased with the effort after a coast-to-coast whirlwind week after winning his second Daytona 500 and also gave great praise to the efforts of Harvick and the No. 4 team.
“I’ve got to congratulate Kevin. Those guys were two-tenths faster than everyone all weekend in practice. They were just phenomenal,” Earnhardt said. “To be able to run with them all day was a big confidence builder for us.”
Joining Harvick and Earnhardt in the top 5 of The Profit on CNBC 500K were Brad Keselowski with his second consecutive top 3 run of 2014 in third. Keselowski’s Team Penske teammate Joey Logano would finish fourth, and Jeff Gordon would come home fifth in his No. 24 Pepsi Max Chevrolet.
Jimmie Johnson finished in sixth, followed by Ryan Newman with a nice rebound after Daytona in seventh. Carl Edwards would carry the banner for Roush Fenway Racing by finishing eighth, Kyle Busch was ninth, and Jamie McMurray would finish tenth.
A look at the Profit on CNBC 500K by the numbers. There were 14 lead changes among eight different drivers, there were eight cautions for 39 laps which slowed the race pace to 109.229 MPH.
Next Sunday, the Sprint Cup Series heads to Sin City and the Las Vegas Motor
Starting Lineup: The Profit On CNBC 500K
posted by Thomas Bowles
Saturday March 1, 2014
Drivers in RED (i) are those ineligible to collect Sprint Cup points
Daytona 500 TV Ratings Down
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Wednesday February 26, 2014
What was the longest weather delay in Daytona 500 history turned out to bring NASCAR lower ratings and TV viewership Sunday night than expected. According to a report Monday from FOX Sports, the 56th running of the Daytona 500 airing at 8 PM (ET) posted a 5.6/10 national household rating/share which averaged 9.3 million viewers. That’s down 44 percent from last year’s 9.9, easily making it the least-watched Daytona 500 of all-time.
Due to the six-hour, twenty-two minute rain delay in Daytona, the race was up against the primetime coverage of the Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony from Sochi, Russia on NBC (15.25 million viewers). FOX also reported that 69% of the pre-rain delay viewers of the race, which began at 1 PM (ET) kept tuning in.
In comparison, the 2013 Daytona 500 on FOX was the most-watched race in five years, posting a 9.9/22 rating/share, commanding 16.7 million viewers. The Daytona 500 in 2012, the first to ever be run on a Monday and in the primetime slot did a 7.7/13 overnight rating/share which resulted in 13.67 million households viewing the race according to Nielsen TV ratings data.
Earnhardt, Jr. Claims Second Daytona 500 Victory
posted by Justin Tucker
Wednesday February 26, 2014
Ten years is a long time. For Dale Earnhardt, Jr., it felt like an eternity. NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver endured many near misses and close calls at the Daytona 500 since his only win in the Great American Race in 2004. Earnhardt had finished second in two of his last three Daytona 500s coming into Sunday’s race. He was also riding the tail of a 55-race winless streak, dating back to Michigan in 2012.
However nothing would stop Dale Jr. on Sunday, not even a 6 hour and 22 minute rain delay from capturing his second Daytona 500 win. Earnhardt Jr. led a race-high 54 laps on the evening and used some timely drafting help from teammates Jimmie Johnson and, on the final restart, Jeff Gordon to separate from the pack and secure the victory.
“Winning this race is the greatest feeling that you could feel in this sport besides accepting the trophy for the championship,” said a jubilant Earnhardt after pulling into Victory Lane. “We could fight off battle after battle. We got a little help at the end there from Jeff to get away on the restart. This is amazing. I can’t believe this is happening. I never take this for granted, man because it doesn’t happen twice, let alone once.”
Aside from the race itself the big story of the race was the 6 hour and 22 minute red flag, which threatened to move the race to Monday evening (had the race been postponed, FOX Sports’ Chris Myers had tweeted that the race would resume at 5:00pm EST). However, Mother Nature would cooperate and would allow the race to be run under different conditions from which they practiced this week. Once the race resumed, the intensity picked up from the changing track conditions. This allowed the pack to race side-by-side and at times 3-wide up to seven rows deep.
Joining Earnhardt Jr. in the top 5 for the 2014 Daytona 500 were: Denny Hamlin who closed out a spectacular Speedweeks in second, Brad Keselowski in third, Jeff Gordon in fourth, and Jimmie Johnson who overcome two wrecks leading up to the 500 in fifth.
Rounding out the top 10 in the Daytona 500 were Matt Kenseth in sixth, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. in seventh and Greg Biffle would bring his No. 16 Ford home in eighth. Austin Dillon would come home ninth in his first Cup Series race in the iconic No. 3 for Richard Childress Racing, while Casey Mears would round out the top 10.
A couple of major contenders for the Daytona 500 win would see their hopes dashed early on as Martin Truex, Jr. would blow up just 30 laps into the race, relegating him to a 43rd-place finish in his debut for Furniture Row Racing. Crew chief Todd Berrier was already in Nashville for a test session before the race was even over. Kyle Busch, meanwhile would have a pit road violation just before halfway and would spend much of the race battling back from that mistake. Busch would eventually finish 19th after leading 19 laps.
Danica Patrick would also be bit by bad luck as she was caught up in a multi-car wreck on lap 145. Patrick would lead her second consecutive Daytona 500, but wouldn’t have the finish to show for it finishing 40th. Tony Stewart would encounter a frustrating evening as well, with a fuel pickup problem derailing his quest for his first Daytona 500 win. Stewart would finish 35th.
A look at the Daytona 500 by the numbers. There were 42 lead changes among 18 drivers, while seven cautions for 39 laps would slow the race pace to 145.290 MPH.
Next week, the Sprint Cup Series heads to the “diamond in the desert,” Phoenix International Raceway for The Profit on CNBC 500K. The Green flag is scheduled for 3:15pm EST.
Nationwide Series Post-Race Quotes: Drive4COPD 300
posted by Thomas Bowles
Tuesday February 25, 2014
Frontstretch Interviews – Courtesy Mike Neff
ELLIOTT SADLER – FINISHED 4th
Thoughts on the race?
It’s definitely a lot different racing than what we’re used to.
Comfortable with it?
Yeah, it’s just different. You’re worried about what you’re doing, but you’re also worried about what everyone else is doing and they’re not doing more than you’re doing. Physically pushing a guy is way better than just riding so you just gotta time it right and push it to the edge.
Happy to start the year with a top 5?
Yeah. Hell, that was the worst we ran all day, I think. I have no idea how they put the 3 car in front of us on that last restart. I hadn’t seen the 3 car hardly all day. When they put us from fifth to sixth, on the outside line, it just really boxed us in. I would have really restarted behind my teammate and given him a good push to the front. Anyways, it is what it is; we’ll take it and move on.
Looked like you were up front all day.
The guys did a good job. We had a fast race car. Great pit stops, just really proud of these guys. The car’s in one piece and we can take it to Talladega now. Great job by my guys. A lot of effort came into coming down here to Daytona and giving ourselves a shot to win. We had that chance to be up front and make some things happen. Fifth is not what we want, but we’ll take it and move on.
Bumping vs Pushing?
It’s way harder. You don’t want to lay on the guy in front of you, so it’s tough racing. A lot different than what we’re used to, ‘cause you gotta go. You gotta drag the brake too ‘cause you don’t want to hit the guys and you don’t want to stay on him. It’s a lot harder mentally than what we’ve done in the past.
Car was strong all day. Pushing vs. Bumping, is that harder to do than just getting on somebody and pushing them?
Yeah, it is a little bit. When you bump ‘em, you jar ‘em, it kinda jacks ‘em a little bit. It’s a little more abrupt, obviously. I thought it was OK there at the end. It was certainly fun and hopefully entertaining. But a little bit of a struggle in the early part of the race and the midpart of the race to see a good race. And that’s unfortunate for the fans. You can’t do that the whole race, you can’t tear up your stuff, knock your grill in, overheat your motor, all that stuff so there’s no sense in doing all that until you get down to the last lap. The 7 and the 6, they did a good job. Man, the 7 really held the 22 and I tight on the bottom. I was rubbing his door and hitting the apron at the same time, no room whatsoever. So it was good; wish we were the ones who could have won but a lot better now than what we were last year.
Going home in one piece makes it a lot better, right?
Yeah. My back feels good. My foot feels good. Past years here, I’ve been going home with pain so I’m alright.
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2014 Truck Series Post-Race Quotes: Daytona (Exclusives)
posted by Thomas Bowles
Saturday February 22, 2014
When you’re on the outside like that, how frustrating is it?
It’s so hard. Timothy Peters has won here. Kyle Busch has won everywhere. Ron Hornaday has been running Trucks forever, probably before I was even born. I was surrounded by veterans there, and like I told them I don’t have a rookie stripe but I’m a rookie. This is only my fourth Truck race ever, my fourth superspeedway race, and man, I figured out when the 17 got up in front of me, I pushed him. And as soon as I pushed him, he took off. And I went with him. And I just kept doing it, and before I knew it, he was leading. And I saw Ron in my mirror, backed up to him, and if it wasn’t for him, I don’t know what would have happened. I gotta thank him big time for that. That was a true teammate move right there. I really appreciate that. He just bounced off me and we got to the front. I tried my hardest to sidedraft Kyle. I was probably touching his door.
Top 5 in the No. 30 truck. This deal come together at the last minute, but you had a heck of a truck. Tell us about your night.
Yeah, I’ve got to thank Turner Scott Motorsports. The guys worked so hard on this Rheem Comfort Products Chevrolet. Exciting! Just got hung up on the outside and had to wait for my teammate there to catch up. And then he got to the bottom, so… I got the old 32 and started pushing ol’ Ryan to the front. So, it’s not bad. We’ll take it. You just don’t want to step over that boundary. You don’t know how far to push and shove. We bumped about six times down the straightaway without latching onto them. Hopefully, that was OK and we came home with a top 5.
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Matt McLaughlin · Monday October 10, 2011
The Key Moment – Jimmie Johnson easily aced Kasey Kahne on the green-white-checkered restart to score the win.
In a Nutshell – Toto, I don’t think we need to go to Kansas anymore.
Dramatic Moment – Ummm… well. Define drama. By my definition, this race was utterly and totally devoid of any drama.
What They’ll Be Talking About Around the Water Cooler This Week
This weekend marked the 140th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire. Sunday’s race may have been the biggest disaster in the Midwest since.*
Isn’t it amazing how NASCAR’s alert spotters always find debris on the track when a driver builds up a thirteen-second lead? One of those officials jumped the gun on Sunday and nearly triggered a fuel mileage finish by calling a debris caution five laps too early.
How is it Jimmie Johnson passed Kurt Busch exiting pit lane but he wasn’t caught speeding?
Speaking of Johnson, isn’t amazing that upon learning ESPN’s microphone was almost dead in his initial Victory Lane interview, he was able to repeat his words almost verbatim when the reporter was handed a live mike? I think he must have been typing out what he wanted to say after the race on his iPad in the closing laps.
OK, what fool decided we needed to go to Kansas twice during the Cup schedule?
The way it’s looking right now, it appears like there’s going to be many more drivers looking for a ride next year than there will be seats available. Jack Roush seems resigned to reducing his outfit to three teams next year, while Richard Childress Racing may do the same. It looks increasingly like the two-team Red Bull outfit is just going to disappear with no buyers on the horizon. Kasey Kahne and now Clint Bowyer are lucky enough to know where they’ll be driving next year; Mark Martin, David Ragan, and Brian Vickers do not.
Several people have asked me about the points Reed Sorenson earned before being released by Turner Motorsports early last week. Yes, points earned towards a drivers’ championship go with the driver when he moves to another team. That means, yes, technically if he drives in all the remaining races Sorenson could still be the series champion (it would take a bit of a miracle). He’ll likely have to finish a lot better than 26th, though in an underdog ride with MacDonald Motorsports.
While the stands were far from full, there were quite a few race fans on hand for the Cup race. It seems Kansas fans must appreciate the ability to buy tickets to an individual race rather than season tickets. Oh, and for the record the casino isn’t open yet.
What are the odds? In the Truck Series, Austin Dillon has a narrow points lead over James Buescher. The pair’s brothers, Ty Dillon and Chris Buescher, are atop the points in the ARCA series as well. (Of course, the gap between the two is a bit more formidable in that series…)
If nothing else, those Australian V8 touring cars are a lot more high-tech than the Cup cars. I fell asleep before the race ended but what I saw looked more competitive and entertaining than the typical Cup race. The TV broadcast was better as well (no inanity from the Hollywood Hotel helped a lot) and tended to focus on the action more so than the Cup races FOX does. That happened, of course despite several efforts by our old friend Darrell Waltrip to derail the proceedings.
Speaking of Saturday night, the SPEED channel and ESPN did an amazing job tag teaming. Some fans stayed up for the Australian race and even the Formula One event that started at 2 AM here on the Right Coast. Shortly thereafter, ESPN helped them all get a much needed nap with their broadcast of the Cup event.
A lot of racing fans of all stripes have been eagerly awaiting the new Velocity Channel (formerly known as Discovery HD.) It’s been rumored a lot of the racing the SPEED channel has dumped in favor of serialized programming (much of which is frankly awful) would return on Velocity, sparking interest. I had my first encounter with Velocity over the weekend, though and it left me scratching my head. Friday, they broadcast the Mecum collector car auction from Dallas until nine PM, then switched to an hour’s worth of poker. Poker? What in the hell does poker have to do with vehicles? Saturday’s programming decision was even more bizarre. Velocity broadcast the Mecum Auction from 2 to 6 o’clock; then, with the auction still going on, they switched over to a re-run of the four hours of coverage they’d already shown. If there was any advertising for upcoming race events on the channel, I must have missed it.
*- As tragic as it was, the Great Chicago Fire wasn’t actually the deadliest disaster in Midwestern history. The same night the fire started in Chicago, there were four major conflagrations around Lake Michigan that some current scientists speculate were started by a meteor crashing to earth. (The cow kicking over the lamp story in Chicago has long since been proved false.) In Peshtigo, WI, one of those fires is said to have claimed 1,200 – 1,500 lives compared to 300 to 400 lost in Chicago. The Peshtigo fire, in fact, burned wooded acreage twice the size of the state of Rhode Island. So now you know.
The Hindenburg Award For Foul Fortune
Jeff Gordon ran in the top 3 for almost the entire race but blew an engine with three laps to go. I’m not saying Gordon’s title chances are over, but they took a severe blow on Sunday.
Tony Stewart was best in class (second to Johnson) for much of the race but he slid through his pit box on the final stop and backing up so the car could be serviced took him a ton of extra time. The No. 14 car wound up fifteenth.
Teammates Martin Truex, Jr. and David Reutimann both suffered broken axles exiting the pits. Truex had actually been running fairly well after last week’s debacle at Dover, but both wound up well outside the top 30 on the same weekend Michael Waltrip Racing announced its expansion with Clint Bowyer.
Ryan Newman couldn’t pass anything but the time all day. He wound up eighteenth.
Joey Logano, two laps back in 29th may have reached the point they need to print up milk cartons to help find his missing career. In a related memo, the head of the Wonder Bread bakery released a statement that pop-top beer cans, not Sliced Bread, were the best thing to happen in the last century.
The “Seven Come Fore Eleven” Award For Fine Fortune
Carl Edwards’ car was dreadful most of the day, to the extent he needed a free pass to even get back on the lead lap. Yet somehow in the frantic final few laps, he was able to charge his way to a fifth-place finish. Even the ESPN Boys in the Booth weren’t sure how that happened. Of course not. They were watching the TV coverage of the race on their monitors.
Though his car wasn’t as bad as Edwards, Kevin Harvick spent much of the race running midpack and complaining mightily about his car on the radio. But when the dust settled, he was sitting comfortably in sixth.
Greg Biffle got nailed for speeding in the pits during the race and sent to the back of the pack. Still, he recovered well enough to finish eighth.
A slow pit stop dropped Kasey Kahne to fortieth position early in the race but he had enough time to rally back to a second-place result.
Because he isn’t in the Chase, the achievement went largely unheralded but Marcos Ambrose finished ninth on Sunday.
What’s the Points?
Edwards assumes sole ownership of the points lead this week. He was previously tied for the position with Harvick, who is now second – a mere one point behind the No. 99 bunch.
Johnson advanced two more spots to third and is now just four points out of the number one position. Brad Keselowski and Kenseth also advanced two spots in the standings and are now fourth and fifth, respectively.
Kurt Busch fell two spots to sixth. Tony Stewart took the biggest hit in the points, falling four spots to seventh while Kyle Busch hangs onto eighth. The top eight are still within 20 points of the leader four races into the Chase.
Further back, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Jeff Gordon swapped ninth and tenth spots, with Junior now holding the advantage. But even Earnhardt is a full 43 points out of the lead and Gordon is four further points back. Ryan Newman and Denny Hamlin hold on to 11th and 12th.
In the “Best of the Rest” category, 13th-place Clint Bowyer is now twenty points ahead of 14th-place A.J. Allmendinger.
Overall Rating (On a scale of one to six beer cans, with one being a stinker and a six-pack an instant classic) — Give it two cans of warm generic stuff, whistle through your teeth and spit.
Next Up – The Cup series returns to its spiritual home in Charlotte, North Carolina. Saturday night’s race is being sponsored by Bank of America, so teams have been informed they will be charged five dollars each time they use their air guns.
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The new Velocity network, formerly known as HD Theater by our service provider, does have some interesting shows for motorheads even if it as yet hasn’t shown any racing. I like Chasing Classic Cars, Wheeler Dealers and What’s My Car Worth. I consider the car auction shows to be fillers and I don’t watch them, just like I don’t watch the ones on SpeedTV.
I’ll give this race one can of beer that someone has opened and left sitting on the side of the road in the sun, only when you go to drink it you realize, that isn’t beer.
finally… this weekend i was smart enough not to watch it. not even the 20 minute dvr version.
not sure if it was just when i would flip back to the race….thought the lovefest in the booth for johnson was nasuseating. i swear that’s all i ever heard them talk about was johnson, johnson, johnson, and how he’s now going to win the championship. not sure, but if that happens, nascar should just stick a fork in itself and it will be done for most long-time fans.
yeah the debris caution when johnson was told to save fuel…..just another lovely nascar call. landon cassell seems to be able to spin out and cause caution when it’s needed as well for the certain owner’s group of cars.
oh well……happy Columbus Day!
Any idea why Biffle pitted on the final caution? Didn’t he get four tires on the previous stop when everyone else took two tires or gas only?
Since it was brought up by Jeff Gordon a Hendrick driver.
I was wondering if a “FUTURE” teammate did not help Johnson on that last restart. For as well as Kasey was running before the GWC he had a poor restart, And held up Brad and Matt until mid turn 2 when volia he took off.
Matt, JUST SO YOU KNOW, Peshtigo (and hence the Peshtigo Fire) is in WISCONSIN, not Michigan. The residents of this fine state comemorated the day with both Brewers’ and Packers’ victories.
As for NASCAR, get out the SIX-PACK! Looks like JJ is heading for another one. Not my first choice, but way better than Edwards or Un-Happy Harvick.
And what’s up with Childress putting ringers in to help Harvick? Austin Dillon pushing Kevie during a caution to save gas. I am still pissed about the time he started and parked Neil Bonnett just to assure Dale Sr. of one extra finishing position in one of Sr.‘s championships. Childress is a worse lowlife than Hendrick ever could be. And that’s going some.
So many questions, Matt, I am reminded of the epic line Patrick McGoohan wrote for his series “The Prisoner,” “Questions are a burden to others; answers a prison for oneself.”
And in other news, the race being crushingly boring the best thing on TV yesterday was the season finale of “Breaking Bad” though it may be that the writers have trapped themselves by killing off the best TV bad guy since “Homicide: Life on the Street” killed off Luther Mashoney. That show never recovered.
The Supercars race was interesting, but only made me wish GM would import the Holden UTE.
So now it is on to Charlotte. I am somehow somewhat underwhelmed by the prospect.
Speaking of fires and meteor showers, it is too bad one cant hit the crappy track called Kansas. One of the most boring races I have ever tried to watch. I wont try it again. 2 races here is like sending us fans to the gas chamber. Why can we not put some exciting races in like Bristol? Any thing has got to be better than what we are getting now. Thanks for listening to my rant!
Looks like it was a good Sunday to run a marathon. On so many levels, I’m shedding no tears over this one. Next!
There was a race in Kansas? I thought it was a 4 hour nap.
Hey, at least Martinsville and Phoenix are still on the slate. Kansas, and Kentucky, need to be bulldozed, along with Joliet. In their place, there need to be 3 more tracks no bigger than 1 mile in length, and preferably, no bigger than 3/4. NA$CAR (this means you Fat Brian) has crippled itself off with greed in building 1.5 snoozers. Other than Atlanta and the rare Charlotte race, 1.5’s consistently produce horrible racing. Cars go too fast. Aero push ruins passing. 10th place car gets out front and becomes 1st place car. Garbage.
GM did import the Holden. It was sold as a Pontiac G8. Not many takers, just like the Holden/Pontiac GTO. Pontiac of course has gone down in flames in the midst of the GM post-banruptcy reorganization
GM still imports the Holden/G8. It’s now called the Impala PPV and it’s only available to law enforcement agencies. GM had also planned to import the Holden Ute (what people here are calling the El Camino but slow sales of the G8 and that whole bankruptcy mess ended that notion.
Ford also sells a Falcon Ute (they don’t call it a Ranchero but that’s the concept) Among various iterations it sells includes one that come decked out for tailgating straight from the factory complete with a cooling system and tap for your keg of beer.
If you go the Austrailian Ford site you can also check out the new Ranger mid-size pickup. Why Ford isn’t importing that is beyond me.
To the Editor: Thanks for fixing the “MI” to “WI.” It makes a difference to us Cheeseheads.
“Because he isn’t in the Chase, the achievement went largely unheralded but Marcos Ambrose finished ninth on Sunday.”
Are you implying that drivers not in the chase don’t get mentioned?
If the Racing from Australia ever gets on TV where a lot more people can watch it, the end of NASCAR will be shortly thereafter.
Canadian Stewart Friessen won the Syracuse Mile race again. Speed will show it October 29th at 8 pm.
And just how did Edwards wind up fifth when earlier he couldn’t get out of his own way? NASCAR will make sure it never happens again.
I wondered about that final restart too. Since Kahne is coming to HMS next year, it was all too convenient that he didn’t restart worth a darn that last time. Can’t hurt 5X’s chances of getting 6, can we? Ugh – 1 can of warm beer only because that’s the lowest I can give it.
And yet, Brian France is “pleased”. And all is right with the world.
Man, I gave up on Nascar YEARS ago…and I used to be a total die hard fan.
I still come to this website from time to time just to read of the continuing slow death of a once great sport..and the writers are funny.
Tony Stewart was right; Nascar is wrestling on wheels. So they’re still doing the ‘ole caution flag bit? What a surprise.
I would say nascar is a joke, but jokes are usually funny. The current state of nascar is a total waste of time and money.
Now excuse me while I go watch some old VHS copies of some Winston Cup races and remember what nascar used to be.
Matt said “OK, what fool decided we needed to go to Kansas twice during the Cup schedule?”
If you’re unhappy with Kansas twice a year, we can go back to Fontana twice a year instead… :)
The Bathurst 1000 was one of the best races this year (in fact most of the “best races this year” have come from that series) …. SPEED’s coverage was excellent, and for a 6-hour, 600 mile race, it was a hell of a lot more interesting and exciting than the Coke 600.
For a 6 hour race with hardly any cautions, on a 3+ mile road course, to come down to inches in the last 5 laps, in some of the best nose-to-tail racing ever seen, says a lot. I really hope the broadcast helped bring new fans to the sport.
Even DW was fun to listen to, for once.
Michigan and Fontana can be added to that list of tracks to be bulldozed.
Why do you people think I’m nuts for wanting Iowa, Nashville, Rockingham, North Wilkesboro, Pikes Peak, Evergreen, and Irwindale to receive Cup races? Those tracks deserve to host Cup Series events more than Fontana, Kansas, Joliet, Michigan, and Kentucky every will. I know very well that they will deliver thrilling races every time the Cup boys compete there. Can you imagine the spike in interest that Cup races at those tracks would generate?
…and this was a chase race…I gave this race one stale beer that was left out in the sun for a couple of days. Kansas speedway sucks. Between the lousy racing and the sheer amount of commercials, this race was unwatchable. I’ve been a nas$car fan for 30+ years, but I watched football and just checked on the race once in awhile. Sorry toto, but this was a dog of a race.
Tom, what’s the common denominator in all the tracks you listed as not deserving of a Cup race? They are owned by the France family, so we are stuck with them.
One has to wonder since Edwards was having so many problems, was Nascars multiple cautions at the end to help ole Carl get back on the lead lap and get everything fixed?
James and Chris Buescher are cousins not brothers. Check your facts. This is the second time in a week that has happened.
Steve, those tracks I listed REALLY DON’T deserve a Cup Series race. I’m sure that you and a lot of other people will agree with me that Iowa, Nashville, Rockingham, North Wilkesboro, Pikes Peak, Evergreen, and Irwindale DO deserve to host Cup events.
Do you realize how much better the Cup Series circuit could be if those tracks were on it? Those raceways have truly proven themselves worthy of hosting Cup Series events. Cup Series dates should only go to tracks that can deliver only the best racing every time.
I just have to correct you on something, Steve. Kentucky is actually owned by Bruton Smith and SMI.